14 Jesus returned to Galilee, full of the Spirit’s power. News about him spread everywhere. 15 Jesus taught in their synagogues, and everyone praised him. 16 When he arrived in Nazareth, where he had grown up, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day as usual. 17 The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Jesus unrolled the scroll and found the place where it’s written: 18 “The Spirit of the Lord  is upon me, for he has anointed me to announce good news to the destitute. He has sent me to proclaim that prisoners will be released, the blind will see, the oppressed will be freed, 19 and to proclaim the time of the Lord’s favor.” 20 He rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant. Then he sat down. Everybody in the synagogue was staring at him. 21 “This Scripture you’ve just heard has been fulfilled today!” he told them.

22 Everybody expressed their approval of him, amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” they wondered.” 23 Jesus replied, “I’m sure you’ll repeat this proverb to me, ‘Physician, heal yourself!’ and ask, “Why don’t you do here in your own hometown what we heard you did in Capernaum?” 24 But I tell you the truth, no prophet is accepted in his hometown. 25 I guarantee that there were many widows in Israel during the time of Elijah when there was a drought for three and a half years, causing a great famine throughout the country. 26 Yet Elijah wasn’t sent to any of them. He was sent to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon! 27 Even though there were many lepers in Israel in the time of Elisha, the only one who was healed was Naaman the Syrian!”

28 When they heard this everyone in the synagogue became furious. 29 They jumped to their feet and threw him out of the town. Then they dragged him to the top of the hill on which the town was built in order to throw him off the cliff. 30 But he walked right through them and went on his way.



1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was guided by the Spirit in the desert, 2 where he was tempted by the devil for forty days. He didn’t eat anything during that whole time, so in the end he was starving. 3 The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” 4 “It is written in Scripture, “You shall not live on bread alone,” Jesus answered.

5 The devil led him up to a high place, and in a quick glimpse showed him all the kingdoms of the world. 6 Then the devil said to Jesus, “I will give you authority over all of them, and their glory. This authority has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want. 7 Bow down and worship me and you can have it all.” 8 “It is written in Scripture, “You shall worship the Lord your God, and you shall serve only him,” Jesus replied.

9 The devil took Jesus to Jerusalem, set him on the top of the Temple, and told him, “If you are the Son of God, then jump! 10 For it is written in Scripture, “He will order his angels to care for you, 11 lifting you up to protect you from stumbling over a stone.” 12 “It is written in Scripture, “You shall not tempt the Lord your God,” Jesus replied. 13 When the devil had completed all his temptations, he waited for another opportunity.



23 Jesus was around thirty when he began his public ministry.

People presumed he was the son of Joseph. Joseph was the son of Heli, 24 the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, the son of Jannai, the son of Joseph, 25 the son of Mattathias, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of Naggai, 26 the son of Maath, the son of Mattathias, the son of Semein, the son of Josech, the son of Joda, 27 the son of Joanan, the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, the son of Neri, 28 the son of Melchi, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmadam, the son of Er, 29 the son of Joshua, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, 30 the son of Simeon, the son of Judah, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonam, the son of Eliakim, 31 the son of Melea, the son of Menna, the son of Mattatha, the son of Nathan, the son of David, 32 the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Boaz, the son of Salmon, the son of Nahshon, 33 the son of Amminadab, the son of Arni, the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah, 34 the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor, 35 the son of Serug, the son of Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of Eber, the son of Shelah, 36 the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech, 37 the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalaleel, the son of Cainan, 38 the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.



21 Now it happened that after everyone had been baptized, Jesus was baptized as well. As he was praying, heaven was opened, 22 and the Holy Spirit descended upon him, taking the form of a dove. A voice came from heaven, saying, “You are my son, the one I love. I am truly pleased with you.



7 John addressed the crowds that came to him to be baptized. “You viper’s brood! Who warned you to flee from the coming judgment?” he asked. 8 “Demonstrate that you have truly repented. Don’t try to justify yourselves by saying, ‘We’re Abraham’s descendants.’ Let me tell you, God can create children of Abraham from these stones. 9 The ax is set to begin chopping at the base of the trees. Any tree that doesn’t produce good fruit will be chopped down and thrown into the fire.”

10 “So what should we do?” the crowds asked him. 11 “If you have two coats, then share with someone who doesn’t have one. If you have food, then share with those who don’t,” he told them.

12 Some tax collectors came to be baptized. “Teacher, what should we do?” they also asked. 13 “Don’t collect any more tax than you’re meant to,” he replied.

14 “What about us?” some soldiers asked. “What should we do?” “Don’t demand money with threats of violence. Don’t make accusations that are untrue. Be satisfied with your wages,” he replied.

15 The people were waiting expectantly, and wondered whether John himself might be the Messiah. 16 John replied and explained to everybody, “Yes, I am baptizing you in water. But the one who is coming is more important than me, and I’m not worthy to undo his shoelaces. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 17 His winnowing fork is in his hand and he’s ready to separate the wheat from the chaff on his threshing floor. He’ll gather the wheat into his barn, but he will burn up the chaff with fire that can’t be extinguished.”

18 John gave many warnings like this as he announced the good news to the people. 19 But when John reprimanded Herod the ruler for marrying Herodias, Herod’s brother’s wife, and for all the evil things he’d done, 20 Herod added to his crimes by having John thrown into jail.



1 By now Tiberias had been Caesar for fifteen years. Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea. Herod was ruler of Galilee, his brother Philip was ruler of Iturea and Trachonitis, and Lysanius was ruler of Abiline. Annas and Caiphas were the current high priests. This was the time when the word of God came to John, Zechariah’s son, who was living in the desert. He went throughout the whole Jordan region, announcing to everyone that they needed to be baptized to show they had repented and their sins had been forgiven. As Isaiah the prophet wrote: “A voice was heard crying out in the desert, ‘Prepare the way of the Lord: make his paths straight. Every valley will be filled, and every mountain and hill will be leveled. Crooked ways will be straightened, and rough roads will be smoothed. Every human being will see God’s salvation.



41 Jesus’ parents traveled to Jerusalem every year for the Passover festival. 42 When Jesus was twelve years old, they went to the festival as they always did. 43 When the festival had finished and it was time to return home, the boy Jesus remained in Jerusalem, but his parents didn’t realize this. 44 They assumed he was with all the others traveling home. A day passed before they started looking for him among their friends and relatives. 45 When they couldn’t find him they returned to Jerusalem to look for him there. 46 It was three days before they found him in the Temple. He was sitting among the religious teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 All who heard him speak were surprised by his understanding and his answers.

48 His parents were totally confused when they saw what he was doing. His mother asked him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I we’ve been worried sick! We’ve been looking everywhere for you!”

49 “Why is it that you were looking for me?” Jesus replied. “Didn’t you know I should be here in my father’s house?” 50 But they didn’t understand what he meant. 51 Then he went back with them to Nazareth, and did what he was told. His mother kept a careful note of everything that happened. 52 Jesus grew steadily wiser and stronger, favored both by God and by the people.